The Buffalo Sabres headed into the Thanksgiving holiday with a dud as they lost a defensive game on Wednesday night to the Pittsburgh Penguins. They head into this matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team they have defeated in Toronto and have handled well over the past few years. The Maple Leafs travel to HSBC Arena winners of three of their last four games and scoring three or more goals in each of those games, something the team has been struggling to do in the last month, scoring .
For the Sabres, news out of Thursday practice is that Derek Roy should be healthy and ready to go for Friday night after falling victim to headaches and teammates on Wednesday. Roy was hit in the elbow by a Tyler Myers dump-in and also was suffering from headaches throughout the game. From Mike Harrington:
"I've never had that before," Roy said today. "It was the first time. I couldn't really see and it's tough to go out there when you can't see. It was the first time so it was kind of scary."
Roy said the elbow got better as the game went along. He stayed out of drills Thursday as a precaution.
"I couldn't feel my whole arm for a while," Roy said. "It was pretty painful but I just slammed a Red Bull and went back out there."
More good news came from Thursday practice in that Ryan Miller could also be ready to be in net against Toronto as well. Jhonas Enroth was sent back down to Portland and Miller practiced fully. If Miller can't go, it would most likely be Lalime and not Enroth in net most likely due to travel and fatigue.
For the Toronto Maple Leafs, offense continues to seem to be the problem for the team as it has been for a few years. The team has scored 47 goals in their first twenty games and have gone colder after starting the season on a hot streak. In net for the team will most likely be Jean Sebastien Giguere as Jonas Gustavasson played against the Stars.
Game time is 7:30 pm.